If you have ever taken a Pilates class, most likely you have done The Hundred, and like most people you probably have a love/hate relationship with this exercise. The Hundred is the first exercise in the Classical Pilates repertoire and is a great abdominal exercise that warms up the body and prepares it to perform the rest of the exercises in the mat repertoire.
- Challenges Core Strength and Stability
- Targets and Strengthens Spinal Flexors
- Promotes blood circulation
- Centers the mind and body
- Connects to the Powerhouse
How To Do:
- Lay on your mat in a supine position with knees bent and feet flat on the floor
- Bring your knees into your chest and lift your head, looking into your abdominals
- Stretch your hands and arms along your side, with palms down and hands a few inches above your abs.
- Pull your belly button down into your spine, engaging your abdominals
- Breathe in for 5 counts and out for 5 counts, while pumping your arms 6-8 inches. That’s one full breath or 10 pumps. Do ten reps to finish for the full Hundred
- To advance this and challenge your core more you can extend the legs straight up to the ceiling, or out to a 45 degree angle, or as low as you can hold the legs without the back arching.